An evening social gathering at which Urdu poetry is read, typically taking the form of a contest.‘The poetry mushairas were inevitably the biggest successes, but the quality of the seminar discussions was high.’
- ‘He is also a poet better heard in mushairas than read in cold print.’
- ‘To this day, a hush invariably descends at noisome mushairas when she stands up to recite her poetry.’
- ‘He has attended mushairas in USA, UK, and Arab countries.’
From Urdu mušā'ara, via Persian from Arabic mušā'ara ‘vying in poetry’.